What is Amateur Radio and Why is it Needed?

What is it and Why do we need it?


--or according to Wikipedia:

Amateur radio, also known as ham radio, describes the use of radio frequency spectrum for purposes of non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, private recreation, radiosport, contesting, and emergency communication. The term "amateur" is used to specify "a duly authorised person interested in radioelectric practice with a purely personal aim and without pecuniary interest;"[1] (either direct monetary or other similar reward) and to differentiate it from commercial broadcasting, public safety (such as police and fire), or professional two-way radio services (such as maritime, aviation, taxis, etc.).

What does the Greenwood Radio Club DO?

We are radio enthusiasts who:
  • band together to take on larger projects,
  • support Nova Scotian wide private infrastructure,
  • support local districts emergency communications,
  • provide communications for local events like 14 Wing Adventure Challenge, and Road Rally.
  • organize classes to teach and learn,
  • run Radio Flea Markets to keep costs down,
  • pursue Project Nights as a group,
  • run Fox Hunt Radio Rallies for Fun, as well as,
  • social events like Corn Boils and BBQs,
  • Field Day Exercises and 'Contests' to maintain our skills and equipment.

We are considered the gold standard for Emergency Telecommunications Providers and we take that very seriously.

HAM radio operator world wide are on standby to assist with communications when local infrastructure needs a helping hand.

Any time there was a natural disaster, HAM radio operators can be found helping to get comms back up.

Argg! My brain is melting...Ok, ok How do I become a HAM too?!

Good explanation but is US version...close enough.

Tell me more about licensing...What is an FCC?

While Canada follows much of the licensing rules and standards set down by our American cousins (FCC) we follow the regulations laid out by Industry Canada.

A basic certification gives a LIFETIME license (Thank you IC!) and if you get honors (+80%) you get world wide transmit access via HF.

There are more advanced courses, but lets not get ahead of ourselves here...

Still have questions?

Check out the Industry Canada FAQ site or have a dig thru our links....or just ask one of us at a meeting!

What? You are still here? Fine. Here's a HAM radio montage video with a sick beat.

Wait for the beat.